Death Cab's Chris Walla's Solo Album Seized By Border Officials

Death Cab's Chris Walla's Solo Album Seized By Border Officials
Death Cab for Cutie’s guitarist Chris Walla still plans on releasing his solo album after a run in with federal border agents who seized a hard drive containing the master tracks. A courier transporting his recordings was travelling to Barsuk Records’ Seattle-based headquarters from the Vancouver studio he was working in when a U.S. Border Patrol agent took possession of the hard drive under a random act.

"I don’t know what red flag could possibly have gone up at the border,” said Walla to the Associated Press. "It’s so baffling to me.” Walla had been busy working on his new album, Field Manual, when Barsuk indicated that they needed to hear the music to meet a production schedule. Upon arrival at the Peace Arch border crossing, the courier was allowed to keep the tapes, but officials took the hard drive so computer forensics experts could examine it, according to Walla and Hipposonic President Rob Darch.

Mike Milne, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated that Immigration and Customs Enforcement forensics experts had checked out the hard drive and decided it could be released. No official explanation has been released regarding the motives of the hard drives seizure. The only real setback is the extra time it will take to finish the album, which is scheduled for January 29.